• Bring back ban on assault weapons

    Public tragedies can serve as a catalyst for societal soul-searching and deep reflection. They often lead to a policy response as leaders craft reforms designed to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. Except, it seems, when the tragedy involves guns. That’s a shame. …

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  • Romney: Presumptive tax dodger

    Who knows why Mitt Romney doesn’t release his old tax records? Maybe he’s stubborn. Nobody likes being told what to do. Could be an incredibly simple explanation like he lost them and is embarrassed. For all we know the accordion file of old returns fell …

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  • Brothers built mirror-image houses

    The mirror-image houses built by brothers, Charles R. and J. Stanley Handford in 1888, are directly across from each other at 658 and 659 Boswell St. in downtown Batesville. The identical, but reversed, floor plans were accomplished by merrily flipping the architectural drawings. It is …

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  • 100 million gun owners didn’t kill anyone last week

    “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.”  —Thomas Jefferson     For my 10th birthday, I wanted a BB gun. Like the mother in “A Christmas Story,” Mom simply said, “You’ll shoot …

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  • Raising minimum wage good for Main Street

    The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce supported the last increase in the federal minimum wage on July 2009 and we believe another raise is overdue. The business owners I talk with every day say that, far from hurting their businesses, raising the minimum wage in …

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  • Lipstick commentary

    This may not be politically correct, but it’s politically intriguing: Increasingly on television, the more conservative women are in their views, the more liberal they are in flaunting their sexuality. Television favors attractive people, both women and men, regardless of their politics — that’s a …

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  • Paying attention to inner self

    I knew it.  I knew it. How many times have you ignored your own gut instincts? You go forward with something even though a niggling little part of your brain is telling you that something is wrong. Then when things do go wrong, as your …

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  • Eye for an eye

    Have you ever seen one of those big deep diving bass fishing lures up close, the ones with the two shiny razor sharp treble hooks jangling from the bottom? My little brother Heath has; and he loves to tell that story on me. However, over …

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  • Penn State plea bargain exposes NCAA spinelessness

    Those in the know at Penn State are relieved that the university escaped the death penalty for its football program which could, and should, have been imposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the cover-up of child sex abuse. The $60 million contribution …

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  • ‘UN gun control’ will kill Second Ammendment

    “Representatives from many of the world’s socialist, tyrannical and dictatorial regimes [are gathering] at the United Nations headquarters in New York for a month-long meeting, in which they’ll put the finishing touches on an international Arms Trade Treaty that could seriously restrict your freedom to …

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  • Ledge update

    LITTLE ROCK  —  Arkansas will enjoy its annual sales tax holiday the weekend of Aug. 4 and 5. On those days, no state or local sales taxes will be collected on clothing items priced less than $100. Also exempt from the sales taxes on that …

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  • America is full of modern-day ghost towns

    In small cities and villages across America, leaders struggle to maintain their turn-of-the-last-century downtowns. Once beautiful, brick buildings sit empty or house ubiquitous flea market shops of questionable quality. Whether limited to a few vacancies spread along the streetscape or entire blocks, we’re witnessing the …

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